In music, sampling involves the use of a portion of a sound recording (and the underlying music/lyrics) by another artist or DJ to create a remix or other derivative work. Sampling is a divisive but highly influencial part of the music industry. With recent legal battles over originality and sampling in music, It has become a highly debated issue. Some see the sampling of music as stealing, while others believe it to be a legitimate form of creativity.
This project looks at the history and culture of sampling in music, its importance in the emergence of hip hop and how modern copyright laws have created a dangerous environment for artists who sample. Using a mix of sources, the project seeks to create a balanced view of sampling, what it means for the music industry, and why it’s such an important issue.